Delhi Govt. to Construct 6,178 EWS Flats for Homeless People in Delhi


On 07 February 2017: The Delhi Shelter Improvement Board has approved a proposal for constructing 6,178 flats for economically weaker section (EWS) category people. According to the scheme, these flats will be constructed in Lajpat Nagar, Bhalaswa, Dev Nagar, Mangolpuri and Ambedkar Nagar.

This is a pilot project of Delhi government in-situ up-gradation of slums. These EWS flats will be constructed on DUSIB land in Phase-II at the cost of Rs 866 crore.

The decision was taken at DUSIB’s 18th Board meeting at the Secretariat, chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. According to the JJ (Jhuggi-Jhopadi) Cluster policy, the government provides ‘jahan jhuggi wahan makan’ (in-situ).

According to the sources, a senior government official informed that as per the direction of Lt Governor. The DUSIB also approved another proposal according to which land owning agencies would be charged at government rates instead of circle rates for the cost of land.

The official also said that it was also decided that in case the JJ Basti is on the land belonging to central government-run agencies like railways, DDA, L&DO, NDMC. In this regard, the respective agency may either carryout the relocation and rehabilitation themselves as per the policy of Delhi government or may entrust the job to DUSIB.

Besides, DUSIB has also approved four new shelters for urban homeless under National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM) at Dwarka, Geeta Colony, Rohini and Nangloi which will provide shelters for 72 families and 1,200 homeless people.

In this scheme, the DUSIB will also provide 5,000 bunker beds, 10,000 mattresses along with bedsheet, blanket, pillow & pillow cover, LED bulbs, TV, water cooler, geysers etc at a cost of Rs 5 crore to improve the quality of life in shelters for homeless.

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